A Timeless Classic: The ‘Ardah Dance’

Doing it in Doha, with tradition: ‘Ardah’ DanceΒ πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‡πŸ’―

Originally a war dance, the Ardah, has continued, but is now practiced as an important folklore dance, at celebratory events.(Pictured below)Β πŸ€—πŸ‡ΆπŸ‡¦πŸ™

How was it done?Β πŸ€”

Before meeting on the battlefield, 2 rows of men would stand shoulder to shoulder and face each other.Β πŸ’―πŸ‘Œ

A designated poet would recite a patriotic set of prose and drum beats would slowly start.πŸ‡ΆπŸ‡¦πŸ₯

The men would then move in cohesion to the beating of the drum, as brothers.Β πŸ’ͺπŸ‘¬

Swords and other weapons were wielded as part of the rythmic movements.πŸ˜Žβš”οΈ

What about today?Β πŸ€”

There are many versions of the dance in the Arabian Peninsula today, but the values of pride and courage remain key.Β πŸ’―πŸ‡ΆπŸ‡¦πŸ˜

It is no longer about the battlefield.Β πŸ™πŸ˜‡

The dance is continued at celebratory events to teach the retained values of brotherhood, patriotism and courage.😎

The Ardah is steeped in history and we love that it’s been continued over generations 😊

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